Adolescent Sexual Health

TXICFW believes we should strive to provide all youth trauma-informed, comprehensive sexual health information that teaches them that they have value no matter what they have experienced in life. Current federally-funded evidence-based programs that have been adapted for disconnected youth need to be more trauma-informed, inclusive and accessible to highly transient populations such as youth in foster care, homeless or in the juvenile justice system. We also believe professionals who work with youth around sexual health best serve youth when they are supported, well-trained, practice self-care, and are connected to resources in our community. TXICFW is dedicated to working towards better adolescent sexual health interventions and further supporting the professionals in this field.  Check out our most current work related to adolescent health:

Current Projects

Beyond The Big Talk: Strategies for engaging children of all ages in discussions about sexual heath

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This workshop offers valuable resources and skill-building around talking with children of all ages about sexuality. Building upon psychosocial, moral, cognitive and spiritual development theories, we will explore age-appropriate messaging about topics of sexuality and practice handling questions and scenarios dealing with children. Training Objectives Define healthy sexual development with the context of psychosocial, moral,… Read more »

Empowering Young Parents Through Inclusive Messages

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In this workshop, learn about the young parenting myths that are perpetuated by our culture, media, and peers and learn how to work with these parents so that the messages they hear are inclusive and empowering. Training Objectives Participants will learn how prevalent cultural myths about young parents have been perpetuated by politics and teen… Read more »

SHINE: positive Sexual Health for youth IN out-of-home Environments

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Youth who have experienced adversity have higher rates of adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections compared to youth in general.  Those in out-of-home care may miss sexual health education in schools and often have not had reliable caregivers to provide them with accurate sexual health information. Compounding the issue, many of these youth have experienced… Read more »

Brave Conversations: Utilizing trauma-informed approaches to talk to youth about sex

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This workshop will provide guidance to youth-serving professionals so they can have brave conversations with youth. We will discuss the need for trauma-informed sex education, analyze shaming language and discuss how to incorporate trauma-informed practices in daily work.   Training Objectives 1. Articulate the importance of trauma-informed sex education for youth who have been maltreated. 2. Identify the… Read more »

Completed Projects

Sexual Health of Foster Youth: Needs Assessment Findings Final Report

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November 2019 Over the past decade, academic research has documented disproportionately high rates of pregnancy among current and former foster youth. It is estimated that females who experience foster care are two to three times more likely to become teen mothers.[1] In Texas, female foster youth are almost five times more likely to become pregnant… Read more »

OASH Mobilization for Health Award

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The Healthy Youth Partnership (“HYP”) is a volunteer-led collaboration working to support youth-serving professionals in the Central Texas community.  Through the Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Award, HYP  increased the capacity of the Central Texas community to provide evidence-based sexual health programs to youth through two mechanisms: 1) direct programming to youth to support… Read more »

Cardea Connections Project

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Connecting disconnected youth to programs that support healthy sexual outcomes. The Connections Project aims to reduce the disproportionate pregnancy and birth rate among “disconnected” youth in Texas by connecting youth to knowledge, awareness and services, and connecting service providers to one another. The project seeks to improve youth’s knowledge and awareness of healthy sexuality through use of evidence-based teen… Read more »

Exploring greater inclusivity in adolescent sexuality education.

By Helen Hollis Last month CFRI’s Dr. Monica Faulkner, Jeni Brazeal, and Kate McKerlie, presented at the Texas Behavioral Health Institute Conference in Austin, Texas. All three have worked in the the field of adolescent sexual health; as a direct educators and program evaluators. Dr. Faulkner’s workshop, Brave Conversations: Utilizing Trauma-Informed Approaches to Talk to Youth… Read more »

A brave, new conversation about teen pregnancy prevention

by Monica Faulkner Most people agree that we should try to prevent teen pregnancy. What we get bogged down in are the details: Do we teach kids about birth control? Or do we teach kids not to have sex until they are married? In honor of teen pregnancy prevention day, I propose a new conversation,… Read more »

Teen Pregnancy Among Foster Youth.

Faulkner, M., (2011, January). Teen Pregnancy Among Foster Youth. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Trauma informed sex education.

Faulkner, M. & Schergen, L. (2014, June). Trauma informed sex education.  Oral paper at the 2014 Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference, Washington DC.

Lewis, C., Faulkner, M., Scarborough, M., Gartin, B.B. (2012). Predictors of three-year subsequent births for low-income adolescent mothers: An exploratory investigation of an intensive case management collaboration. American Journal of Public Health, 102(10), 1862-1865.

Lewis, C., Faulkner, M., Scarborough, M., Gartin, B.B. (2012).  Predictors of three-year subsequent births for low-income adolescent mothers: An exploratory investigation of an intensive case management collaboration. American Journal of Public Health, 102(10), 1862-1865.